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Day 19: Home…

Our alarm went of at 7:00am, way too early but we needed to leave on time to the airport. Yes, today is our last day of the vacation and the only thing we do is travelling. After we’ve got everything done we wake up Emily at 8:00am and 30 minutes later we are ready to leave.

We return the rental car at National with less than 10 miles of gas in tank, I think that’s pretty close to perfect. Someone helps us with our luggage, check-inn at the Air Canada counter went smooth. Customs was a bit different, I went through the body scanner and for the first time the scan was not perfect, somehow the hair bands from Emily ended up in the pockets of my jeans… Also the stroller got a full cleaning service, I think they used at least 6 swipe pads. My bag got pulled out as there was lot going on in it (I typically have all electronics in my carry-on). Finally and 30 minutes later we were all done and took the people-mover towards terminal B (Gates 70-119).

Close to our gates we went to the “The Club @ MCO” the lounge we are able to access because off the credit card we have. Emily enjoyed it and interacted with a (I think) Japanese girl, we enjoyed while Emily had fun and they had a pancake machine.

At 11:20 we left towards the gate, boarding started 10 minutes late, we took of 10 minutes late and we arrived 15 minutes early. Everything went better as anticipated so far, but I needed to wait a very long time for the stroller to be brought up to the gate. As a result we ended up in a huge line at immigrations, it seemed to take for ever. After a while we were first in line when the employees asked us to let a bunch of people pass us while we were travelling with a child…weirdest thing ever! And no I wasn’t asking to get benefits for traveling with a child, I’m just asking to be treated the same as others. I think I’m never going to really like Pearson International Airport…

After one hour we were finally through customs, our suitcases were already on the belt and so we left the airport at 4:10pm. Emily slept a couple of minutes later and we arrived home before 5:00pm.

While we unloaded the car, Emily directly checked out all her toys and seemed really happy to be back home again. This was our first vacation of the year, a pretty amazing one even though we were all sick during the trip.

Thanks for reading, looking at the pictures, liking, reacting and leaving comments! “See” you next time!

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Day 18: Bon Voyage…

No we are not yet leaving, but that’s the name and theme of the character breakfast we have today. 

After a late night yesterday we slept until 8:00am due to our alarm clock, Emily slept till 8:40am and at 9:05am we rolled of the driveway towards the EPCOT parking lot.

We parked at EPCOT instead of at Boardwalk where Trattoria al Forno, the restaurant, is located. Just because we wanted to walk through EPCOT and enjoyed a quite morning. EPCOT has 2 entrances, and the restaurant is located not far from the entrance at the International Gateway. Just before 10:00am we arrived at the restaurant and we got seated a couple minutes later. 

Every character was announced while entering the restaurant and we were the first table to be visited by each of them. First one to stop by was Flynn Rider from Tangled. She saw him writing in her autograph book and that was the only thing she wanted to have from that point in time, Right after him came his girl Princess Rapunzel who distracted her with her long blonde hair and was able to write in her book too.

Next up we’re Prince Eric and Princess Ariel. Emily recognized Ariel pointed at their the moment she saw her but she was a bit starstruck again until Ariel left that’s where she almost jumped out of mama her arms and gave Ariel a big lengthy hug.

The food during the breakfast was amazing, the pastries were delicious, Danielle ordered “Swimmers di ‘light’” (Smoked Salmon Egg White Omelet with Spinach, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Goat Cheese and Roasted potatoes), Emily got “Flounders Flapjacks” (pancakes with a sausage and fresh fruit) and I ordered “Golden Frittata” (Prosciutto di Parma, Piquillo Peppers, Green Onion, Pecorino Romano and Roasted Potatoes). Mine was served in a frying pan.

After breakfast we strolled a bit through the Boardwalk area and went back to EPCOT. Between the U.K. Pavilion and the Canada Pavilion there were a couple characters taking pictures, we were just in time for a photo with Mr. Smee. 

With the last page of Emily her 2 autograph books filled we decided to stop at the Starbucks and leave the park. While waiting for our drinks it started to rain and Emily and I left towards the car, but before we got there it stopped raining already. And that was good because mama had the car key with her…

Next stop was the villa for a afternoon nap for Emily. At the same time we (mainly Danielle) started packing the suitcases for our voyage home tomorrow. 🙁 Emily slept almost 4 full hours, she must have been exhausted. 

She got her dinner and after she was finished we went for one more visit to Disney Springs. Danielle got to pick out new Disney themed bracelets from Alex and Ani and we had dinner at the D-Luxe Burger place. And it was delicious, Emily got some fries and she loved them. 


After dinner we went back to the villa for our last night in the villa, the last packing and the last blog from Florida during this trip. Can’t wait to go back….

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Day 17: Swimmimg, shopping & Illuminations…

After a late night yesterday Emily woke up at 9:00am, great for us to have slow start of the day. But not too slow as Dusty suggested us to come swim and enjoy the children area in Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, the resort where he and his parents are staying. 

We decided that today would be a perfect day and at 10:30am we met with Dusty at the main pool area. First we explored the children area, Emily loved the pool with shallow water and the splashing water. She also tried the waterslides but these where a little bit too much, mainly because they were not so smooth because she put her feet on them while ‘sliding’ down. 

Soon we all went to the main pool, this pool was ‘a little bit’ to deep for Emily to stand in (1,2 meter) but it had a zero entry, just like a beach but with out sand. Around 12:00pm we said bye and thanks to Dusty, we loved the pool and enjoyed meeting you here. 

As we left the resort Emily was already sleeping, I think she needs vacation from this vacation! We decided to take a longer car trip, get gas at 2.189 USD/gallon (0.78 CAD/Liter, 0,52€/liter) and we ended the ride at the Mall at Millenia. Here we had lunch at California Pizza Kitchen where Emily rather ate my Original Chicken BBQ Pizza as her own crusty chicken with broccoli kids meal… 

When the shopping was done we went towards the villa where Emily got to play Bedford she went toed at 3:45pm. Danielle started packing our suitcases, or at least one of them. Emily slept until 6:15pm, that’s when I woke her up. Needless to say she didn’t like me at all afterwards until I asked if she wanted to go somewhere… 

She jumped of the sofa, wanted her Crocs and said repeatedly “Ootoo” with which she means “auto” in Dutch, “car” in English. She walked to the front door, opened it (she figured out how to do that) and walked towards her door of the car pointing at it. From that moment on I was considered nice again. 

We went to Epcot, within 20 minutes we walked into the park. Emily brought Princess Sofia the First (her doll) and she was telling Sofia things and pointing at stuff the whole time, so cute. We started with Journey into Imagination with Figment. We started the ride sitting side by side but the first scene it got completely dark and Emily climbed onto my lap. 

After we exited we walked towards the Seas with Nemo and friends, instantly she started pointing at all the nice fish. And she shouted “tom” at the not so nice fish. I believe she meant “stom” im Dutch, “stupid” in English. Right after we walked through World Showcase.

Starting point was Canada, Danielle and I shared a beer flight at Florida Fresh and at 8:30pm we ended up in… Yes you guessed it right in Germany! Here we shared a pretzel and some other beers while Emily and I were entertaining the crowds with dancing, running, twirling and sharing rice puffs with three girls from Argentina who didn’t speak a word of English. 

oon the Siemens sponsored fireworkshow Illuminations started and Emily was clapping and wowing the whole time. She enjoyed it till the last big blast. For everyone who wants to see and here why we like this show so much, a video from YouTube (not my own): 

After the show we left hither park, Emily stayed awake till we were home and went straight to bed. And here we are writing the blog again with just one more day in the Magic to go before we go home again…

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